Trial of Abidemi Rufai moves to Tacoma, as he loses bail in New York

Abidemi Rufai, the 42-year-old suspended aide of Governor Dapo Abiodun lost a generous opportunity to be released on bail by a New York court on Wednesday, but he lacked a surety who was ready to post a $300,000 bond.

He will now be flown to Tacoma in Washington State to face trial for fraudulently claiming Covid-19 unemployment fund.

At Rufai’s appearance before a Federal magistrate, he asked the court to release him to the custody of his brother, who is an attorney, with practice in New York and Atlanta.

Abidemi had also agreed to electronic home monitoring and certain travel restrictions, said his attorney, Michael Barrows of Garden City, New York.

But Abidemi’s brother, Alaba Rufai, told the court by Zoom Wednesday morning that he could not afford the $300,000 “surety” bond that he was required to post to ensure that Abidemi got the bail.

The brother, who lives in Atlanta Georgia with his family, said the $300,000 bond was hefty for him, as he has no assets at this time, to deposit.

As a result of this problem, Magistrate Judge Ramon Reyes ordered Abidemi Rufai detained and taken to the Western District of Washington, where he committed the offence he has been charged with.

Abidemi was arrested Friday in New York as he prepared to fly to Nigeria,

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